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Overview (4)

Born in Geneva, Switzerland
Birth NameKaterina Alexandre Hartford Graham
Nicknames Kat
KG
Kitty Kat
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kat Graham is a music artist, actress and producer, known for her starring role on the hit TV show The Vampire Diaries (2009).

Graham was born Katerina Alexandre Hartford Graham in Geneva, Switzerland, and speaks four languages - English, Spanish, French, and Hebrew. Her father, Joseph, is a Liberian music executive. Her mother, Natasha, is of Russian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent. At the age of six, Kat began acting in commercials such as Barbie, K-Mart, Pop- Tarts and Old Navy, and television shows including "Like Family," "Grounded for Life," and "Lizzie McGuire." Her first big break came when she replaced a young Christina Milian as the host of the Disney channel's popular series "Movie Surfers." Kat can also be seen in the films "17 Again," with Zac Efron and Matthew Perry, "The Roommate," with Leighton Meester, and the starring role in "Honey 2", and the slated 2014 release of Lionsgate's "Addicted".

Kat furthered her natural acting talents with vocal training, piano lessons and dance classes. At 15, she was chosen by renowned choreographer Fatima to perform at the BET Awards as a background dancer for Shad Moss, leading to stints as a dancer for Missy Elliott and Pharrell Williams, and went on to work with choreographers Hi Hat and Michael Rooney.

In addition to being a professional actress and dancer, Kat began to pursue a career as a musical artist. One of the first songs she wrote and performed - "Derailed" - was featured in the Jean-Claude Van Damme movie bearing the same title. She was inspired to purchase her own studio equipment and add producer to her list of talents. A year later she met super producer Damon Elliott (Pink, Mya, Destiny's Child). While the two worked on perfecting Kat's skills as a musician and producer, she continued to work as an actress, starring on the series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), The O.C. (2003), Malcolm in the Middle (2000), Joan of Arcadia (2003), Strong Medicine (2000) and Hannah Montana (2006). She appeared in music videos, including Akon's "Mr. Lonely," John Legend's "Used to Love U," B2K's "Why I Love You" and Musiq Soulchild's "Buddy", Nelly's "Just a Dream," and Diddy with Usher "Looking for Love". At 17, Kat was selected by Coca-Cola as part of an international campaign to market their soft drink Fanta. While promoting the campaign as a member of the "Fantanas" (as Capri/Strawberry), Kat simultaneously completed her degree in recording engineering. In 2007 Kat went on a world tour with The Black-Eyed Peas, and her voice is featured on Will.i.am's solo release "Songs About Girls" ("I Got It From My Mama") and "The Donque Song," featuring Snoop Dogg.

Kat went on to be the face of many campaigns and endorsements that include Wet n Wild, Degree, Foster Grant, Caress, OP, Yoplait, Samsung, U by Kotex, Avon, Bing, Ford, Aquafina, Abercrombie, Nivea, and Armani Exchange. In 2013 she became a high profile supporter of the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees, for which she travels and campaigns. She is a council member for GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), as well an ambassador for The Water Project and went on to help fund wells for clean water to be built for villages and schools throughout Africa. In 2016, she became the Goodwill Ambassador to Empower54.

Kat soon signed to A&M Octone Records and she released her debut EP, "Against The Wall" in May of 2012. The first single, "Put Your Graffiti On Me," which was produced by Australian Duo "Twice as Nice" (50 Cent, Pete Wentz), reached over 7 million views on VEVO and charted on the Billboard Dance Charts. Her last single "Power" produced by Mitch Allen (Demi Lovato's "Heart Attack") was released on iTunes July 31st 2013 and premiered on billboard.com to positive reviews. The song was added to over 30 stations within the first week of its release. Kat has completed her 7th season of "The Vampire Diaries" and recently finished filming the Tupac Shakur biopic "All Eyez On Me" and released her first full length album, "Roxbury Drive," which includes "Secrets" featuring Babyface. She then worked on her second debut album, set to release in Fall 2016. Kat has produced and sold multiple projects which range from web series' with Maker Studios to her dance drama "From The Top" with Warner Bros. Television. She produced a Tammi Terrell biopic alongside Hilary Shor (The Butler (2013), Children of Men (2006)), Robert Teitel (Barbershop (2002), A Few Good Men (1992)), and Rose Ganguzza (_Kill Your Darlings_, New York, I Love You (2008)).

Kat is represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners & William Morris Endeavor.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kat Graham

Trivia (3)

Tattooed on her inner left wrist is the inscription, "nosce te ipsum", which is Latin for "Know thyself.".
Her father is Liberian. Her mother is from a Russian Jewish/Polish Jewish family, and Kat was raised in her faith. Her paternal grandfather was a UN Ambassador, serving for 40 years in The Netherlands, Sweden, Romania, and Kenya.
She has a half-brother, Yakov, born in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Personal Quotes (38)

There was a time when men thought it was sexy to have a housewife waiting for him to come home from work in her slippers, but in modern society, I think an independent woman is even more sexy.
I have more of a desire to write songs about being an independent woman than being in love, songs about getting up and moving on even if I have a broken heart. 'Wanna Say' is one of the few love songs I've ever done.
Anyone who knows me knows what I'm about - how much I'm into empowerment, equal rights and everyone just loving themselves.
When you get bullied, you automatically think that you're the reason why you're getting bullied. The reality is, it's about them, not you... I'm all about blocking people. I'm all about saying, 'You know what, I don't need this in my life.'
I am more vintage than I am high fashion.
My style is not trendy by any means; my inner artists loves to shine through in my wardrobe.
I think it's important to have your own individual style and sense of self. It's kind of what I do.
I'm a smoky eye girl. I love playing with eye colors, metallics... fun stuff!
I'm very strange, I'm not going to lie.
I'm not somebody who's emotionally attached to an outcome of a character that I'm hired to play. The fans are.
I'm happy when I have, like, one fan, but the fact that I'm getting fans from different places and different communities, it's really amazing.
You make your mark by being true to who you are and letting that be your staple.
To me, success is making a positive difference through art - making art that affects the world and that changes the way people feel about themselves and the world.
I love to add '90s trends mixed with modern day pieces I find along my many travels. Like these cool fun hats from Europe I have. I love to collect different ones from every country. I have them from London to Brussels.
My experience with music, I'm not going to say extremely negative, but it's definitely been a grind; it's been grimy - it hasn't been a pretty process. It's left me crying, you know, on the carpet in my tiny apartment with, like, no money. But it's been worth it, it's my passion, my dream, it's what I love to do.
I hope to do multiple characters throughout my life that are separate from me. I think it's a cop-out if you play yourself in everything.
I don't really have a main source for my style inspiration. It's really about however I feel about myself at the moment.
I never want to be a spectacle, but I also feel like a look should always have a little bit of an edge.
I actually got a play from auditioning for something in 'Back Stage' magazine.
I completely took off my eyebrows one time for a screen test. I hadn't even gotten the role yet. So you have to have a commitment.
I'm all about high-waisted pants and skirts, pencil skirts, and sheer, long-sleeves in the summer.
I'd rather be hated for who I am than loved who I am not. Even if you're not accepted, at least you are still yourself.
I run away from super-bandage-style Herve Leger dresses. I think it's sexier for a woman to be in something sheer and loose.
I'd really like to work with Gwen Stefani and CeeLo Green.
If you're cast on The Vampire Diaries (2009), the likelihood of you dying is very good.
I had racially prejudiced comments directed at me on different blogs. People think that just because you're in the spotlight, you're fair game. It's hard, and I don't think you're ready at any age for it. Thankfully, I have some great fans who got me through it.
My first show was in front of 30,000 people with Will.i.am, and I wasn't even that nervous.
I used to read the criticism on blogs about other people - mostly female actresses and singers - and even when they are extremely perfect and harmless, people still go after them. So I figure, if I'm going to get negativity regardless, why do I have to worry about what somebody thinks of me?
I think that with The Vampire Diaries (2009), you never know what's going to happen, and I don't think the characters necessarily know, either. So you can only weigh so much, and then it might just come down to "kill or be killed".
I just want get to as high as I can go. I think that's the safest and most politically correct thing I can say. I'm not trying to take anyone's spot. I want to create my own lane and shoot to the sky.
I like the idea of being so passionate about everything I do and the fact that I might wake up tomorrow and say 'I want to be a chef,' and just pour myself into that.
If I have an audition, I go to the audition in character. I'm in character when I walk in the room. I mean, I'm still sweet to everyone, but I'm very much the character.
In 10 years, I don't really know what I'll be, and I like not having any idea. I like the idea of being so passionate about everything I do and the fact that I might wake up tomorrow and say 'I want to be a chef,' and just pour myself into that.
I've been doing acting since I was 6 years old, and I don't know how to do anything besides act and sing. Back in the day, you had to do it all - you had to sing, dance, and act. I'm from the old school where that is what I was trained to do, and that's what I am expected to do, so it's weird when people ask me to choose.
It's important for me to just be myself - in fashion. A lot of people overlook that side of me because they're scared of it, but that's just who I am.
Will Smith is one of my favorite actors, and he's also a triple threat. He successfully crossed over from music into acting. Also, I liked 'I Am Legend' because it was so unexpected. The movie wasn't what I thought it'd turn out to be.
My biggest style inspirations come from the '90s. I'm really inspired by TLC, Janet Jackson, and designers like Jeremy Scott. I'm hugely inspired by Club Kids from New York back in the '90s. I'm inspired by the drag queen scene. Combat boots and the torn off jeans and a baggy shirt - I love that look.
My first audition, as a little girl, was Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) for Kirsten Dunst's part. Back then, they were meeting all different kinds of girls, and I was one of them. There's got to be an audition tape somewhere on VHS. Who would have known that many years later I would be on a vampire show?

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